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Last updated 10/27/2016 at Noon



Mariner was crisp on both sides of the ball in a dominant victory over Mount Vernon.

Senior quarterback JJ Walker threw 2 touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Anthony Allen and both also ran for a score to lead the Marauders to a 44-22 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night at Goddard Stadium in Everett.

Senior running back Darius Brown scored on runs 1 and 41 yards in the first quarter, as Mariner (4-2 in the league 5-3 overall) took a 14-0 lead. Brown finished with 155 yards on 10 carries.

Mount Vernon (0-6, 0-8) cut the lead to 14-8 early in the second quarter before the Marauders scored 4 unanswered touchdowns to head into halftime with a commanding 42-8 lead.

“It was a great game,” Brown said. “We came out expecting to get a big win and we did that. I just ran behind my blockers. They helped me out. JJ threw the ball great.”

The second quarter was all Allen, as the senior wide receiver caught two touchdowns and ran for a score. Allen scored on a 5-yard run and then caught touchdown passes of 8 and 41 yards from Walker. The senior quarterback also ran for 30-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs scored 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter against the Mariner reserves.

Mariner moved into sole possession of third place in the league with victory. The top four teams advance to the quad district playoffs, but the higher the seed, the potentially better match-up for the Marauders. The Wesco 4A’s No. 4 seed will face the South Puget Sound League’s top seed, while the No. 3 seed takes on a No. 2 seed from the North Puget Sound League - Cascade.

Last year, Mariner finished fourth and lost in the first round of the quad district playoffs.

Mariner faces Jackson at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Timberwolves (3-3, 5-3) lost 54-14 to Monroe. A win would lock up the league’s No. 3 seed, while a loss and a Glacier Peak victory over Mount Vernon would result in a three-way tie between Mariner, Jackson and Glacier Peak. A modifield playoff between the three teams would be held early next week.

“It’s very important,” Brown said of the higher seed. “Last year, we played a No. 1 seed. We didn’t do that good. We need to come out and beat Jackson.”

“It’s playoff time,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “It’s a big seeding game. It’s kind of a must win in terms of us really moving forward.”

The Mariner offense seems to have found its groove, Stewart said.

“Our guys feel like we can run the ball. … The line did a great job blocking.

“Darius and JJ are a nice one-two punch. Anthony Allen did his thing. Everybody contributed in the first half.”

The Mariner first-string defense limited Mount Vernon to only one touchdown. The Bulldogs only passed for 38 yards.

The Mariner offensive line came into the season with only one returning starter.

“We’ve got a group of guys that are working hard,” Stewart said. “They’re playing at a high level … It’s just a good group right now. You’re really kind of excited. We’re where we need to be at this time of the year.”

Walker has stepped up his game in his senior season.

“He’s just a playmaker,” Stewart said. “He’s really come into his own. It’s nice having him back there because either with his legs or throwing the ball and finding the open guy, he just makes plays.”

 

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